Celtic winger Lewis Morgan has failed to repay the faith shown to him by manager Neil Lennon in the early games of the season, according to Jackie McNamara.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Bhoys and Scotland star says that the 22-year-old has been given a chance to prove himself at Parkhead in the club’s Champions League qualifiers and Premiership but has failed to grasp his opportunity.
Having been dumped out of the Champions League qualifying round by CFR Cluj, Celtic return to domestic action with a clash against Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup.
While the game against the Championship side is a chance for Lennon to rest first-team regulars, McNamara says that fringe players like Morgan have already been given their opportunity to impress and have failed to do so.
“I think he’s given them a chance already to be honest,” McNamara told Football Insider.
“He gave a chance to Morgan there and I don’t think he did a lot when he came on. He’s given the young and fringe players a chance and they need to repay that. It’s okay doing it against the Motherwells and St Johnstones.
“It’s the big games where you’re judged.”
Morgan has seven appearances across all competitions this season, four coming in the starting XI, having struggled to make his mark on the senior side during the 2018/19 campaign.
He found himself shipped off to English League One side Sunderland in January, featuring as a regular under Jack Ross as the Black Cats suffered play-off heartbreak to Charlton.